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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 19, 2012 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum Members Pet Picture Thread - Show Off Your Critters!

Thanks. Mosby, the B&W, is almost 18 and will be leaving this life soon. Can't bring myself to be the One. He has truly been the best dog ever and has a command of English like no other dog I have ever had. Kerelian Bear dog. When you put him in a vehicle and turn onto a gravel road he immediately alerts and can point to a bear in his sleep. I was clueless until a friend who is a guide in ME that takes people into bear dens showed me what he could do w/ no training.
SIG has had considerable training and can run a deer down. A friend with a Malinois had his in a field and he actually ran along side a deer. The deer looked over when they were neck-&-neck and jumped sideways & nearly had a coronary.

I love the white labs V .
I like the sidewinder too. They taste like chicken. Saw a baby rattler a couple weeks ago on a hike perched in laurel at shoulder height on the trail. Bastard.


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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 20, 2012 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum Members Pet Picture Thread - Show Off Your Critters!

"Saw a baby rattler a couple weeks ago on a hike perched in laurel at shoulder height on the trail. Bastard."

Make that double bastard.....I typed that while wiping coffee from my monitor.

Had a similar experience with a baby copperhead while kayaking in the Great Dismal Swamp. We were pushing through some low branches when "plop" - a small, maybe 10 inch long copperhead drops into my lap. Another "plop" as something 'else' dropped into my shorts - I reached down, snatched it up by the tail and flung it as far as I could.

Good luck with Mosby - I made that journey with my Kenzie last summer and it was the most heart wrenching thing I've been through. Just a suggestion for your consideration - we found a vet who came to the house and did the euthanasia at home. It was so much easier on me and Kenzie. I got to hold her right up until the end. She was at ease and I was immeasurably comforted knowing that the last thing she felt was me stroking her head, the last thing she heard was my voice and the last thing she saw was me smiling at her.

We are so unworthy of the love our pets give us......

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Sep 20, 2012 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum Members Pet Picture Thread - Show Off Your Critters!

Back in the 80's me and a housemate had a 2 foot pet rattlesnake in a terrariun at home. Things were fine until he got loose. I came home to a note on the door, "WARNING - somehow the snake got loose but I had to go to work"

It took me 2hrs to find it and talk about paranoia!! It was under the couch but it would move with the couch when I moved it. Then I got a glimpse of it's tail and caught it and released it into the hills where we'd found it. That was the end of having pet snakes.

Damn, Mondo, that was a heart wrenching story about Mosby!

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Sep 20, 2012 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum Members Pet Picture Thread - Show Off Your Critters!

Funny. I thought if it had been a copperhead one of us would have been bitten for certain since I have seen them ambush people. You are a lucky soul and should be glad for soiled britches only in this case. We were in VA too. The "problem" is that so many rattlers have been killed that the ones that remain often don't rattle since the ones that do have been culled out. So... you don't get the benefit of the warning. Another time I went hiking up Spy Rock with my son. On the way down he sat on a big old log. I looked over and there was a BMF timber rattler as big around as my arm sitting right under him. I told him not to move and explained the situation. He got up slowly and with no Prob. Then some moron 20 somethings came along and started poking his ass with a stick repeatedly. He never did rattle nor did he spring his full body length the way I expected and bite their asses. I was really hoping for some kind of lesson.

Good advice on the pet font. I have a great vet who travels to do large animals and would probably do that. I am planning on having a living wake. He has been a friend to many and busted a criminal cold one night who never would have been caught without his uncharacteristic round of barking.

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